Just last summer an unprecedented event took place on Capitol Hill:
Leadership from corporations, NGOs, faith & civic groups, foundations & government, bipartisan members of Congress, and even the Queen of Sweden, gathered to celebrate the unprecedented gains in child survival and health over the past 25 years, and the U.S. role in that achievement.
Over six million fewer children died before their 5th birthday this past year than in 1990.
Children are not just surviving, they are thriving. More children have safe water to drink, more girls are going to school, better harvests mean more food and funds for families. These gains would not have happened but for U.S. government leadership that has forged historic collaborations between uncommon allies; Congress has maintained its strong bipartisan support and cooperation with multiple Administrations on foreign assistance.
It costs so little:
- 50 cents a year per American funds USG’s efforts overseas to eradicate polio.
- 30 cents a year per American treats seven disfiguring and debilitating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that afflict one billion people; 500,000 are children.
- Something as simple as soap can prevent disease in millions of newborns each year.
It’s a good Return on Investment (ROI):
- Every $1 for chronic malnutrition returns $30 in higher lifetime productivity.
- For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, at least $4 is returned in saved health care costs and increased economic productivity.
- 43 of the top 50 consumer nations of American agricultural products were once U.S. foreign assistance recipients.
Momentum is on our side.1 Now is the time to increase support for the many proven interventions that ensure children and whole communities survive and thrive.
Now one year later, with a 53% reduction in under 5 deaths since 1990,
today’s child has something new to celebrate:
A 6TH BIRTHDAY…AND BEYOND!
1 UNICEF’s latest good news and the work left to be done: Progress for Children
additional sources of data on results of US and global investments
– InterAction AidWorks fact sheets: http://www.interaction.org/aidworks
– Global Health Council briefing book: http://ghbb.globalhealth.org
– Global Goals Work Took Kit: https://pages.devex.com/rs/devex/images/Global_Goals_Work_Toolkit.pdf